3 Great ways to combine chicken and pizza dough!

In the following, you'll find three delicious recipes for Stromboli. But wait, issn't Stromboli an island in southern Italy? As it happens, it's also a dough cylinder with a meat filling, not too dissimilar to a calzone. Here you'll find three different versions using chicken.

1. BBQ Onion Stromboli

You'll need:

  • oil for frying
  • 2 chicken breasts 
  • salt, pepper
  • 3 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 1 roll of ready-made pizza dough (approx. 14 oz)
  • 3 red onions, chopped and fried 
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Here's how:

1. First fry the chicken breasts in oil on both sides and season them with salt and pepper. Then take them out of the pan.

2. With two forks, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and mix them with the barbecue sauce.

3. Roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle on a floured work surface. Place the cheese slices in a line in the middle of the dough, overlapping each other slightly. Spread the chicken evenly over the cheese and then spread the onions on top of the chicken.

4. Now pull your dough packet together: for this, fold the longer sides of the dough on top of each other over the layer of onions. Then fold the shorter sides in and press them down. Turn the filled dough over, so that the folded edges are underneath, then paint the smooth top surface with egg.

Next, sprinkle parmesan over the dough, then make a few diagonal cuts in the top.

5. Now bake the whole thing for 30 minutes in a convection oven at 340°F. 

Tip: To make your pizza pocket look even better for serving, you can sprinkle fresh chopped parsley on it, with some more parmesan, after baking.

2. Ham Stromboli with tapenade

You'll need:

  • 4 slices of parma ham
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • oil for frying
  • 1 de-seeded chili pepper
  • 8¾ oz black olives, putted
  • lemon zest
  • 1 roll of ready-made pizza dough (approx. 14 oz)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Here's how:

1. Lay the slices of ham on a baking tray so that each two overlap each other. Place a chicken breast horizontally across both pairs of slices. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle the leaves from one of the sprigs of thyme over them.

Fold the ham over the chicken on one side, then roll up both chicken breasts completely in the ham.

2. Fry the chicken wrapped in ham in some oil with the second thyme sprig, until the ham is brown and crispy.

3. Now create the tapenade: first chop the chili up small, then put the olives on the work surface and chop both ingredients roughly. Next, zest the lemon over the olives, then chop everything together one more time into fine pieces.

4. Spread the tapenade out in the middle of the rolled out pizza dough to make a smaller rectangle. Arrange the chicken breasts diagonally on top.

Fold over the edges of the dough as detailed in step 4 of the first recipe, then cover the top surface with egg, before sprinkling parmesan on top and making the same diagonal cuts.

5. Now bake your filled pizza dough for 30 minutes in a convection oven at 340°F.

3. Arugula Pesto and Mozzarella Stromboli

You'll need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • oil for frying
  • 7 oz fresh arugula
  • 1 tbsp shelled hazelnuts
  • 1¾ oz grated parmesan
  • salt, pepper
  • 4 fl oz olive oil
  • 1 mozzarella ball, sliced
  • 1 roll of ready-made pizza dough (approx. 14 oz)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan 

Here's how

1. Cut the chicken breasts into cubes and season them with salt and pepper. Fry the pieces in oil until they are golden brown then take them out of the pan.

2. Now prepare the pesto: put the arugula, the nuts, salt, pepper, the first lot of parmesan and the measure of olive oil into a tall container and blend the ingredients until they form a liquid.

Then mix the pesto with the chicken cubes.

3. Next, arrange the mozzarella slices in a rectangle in the middle of the pizza dough and put the chicken cubes on top.

Fold the dough over as in step 4 of the first recipe, then paint the top of the dough with egg, before sprinkling on the parmesan and making the same diagonal incisions as before.

4. Then bake the whole thing for 30 minutes in a convection oven at 340°F.

Stromboli is a great recipe, because you can let your imagine run wild when it comes to the filling. Hopefully these chicken recipes will inspire you to come up with even more delicious variations.

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